Councilmember David Catania just released this statement to the press on the Barry saga:

“The Council met this afternoon to discuss how to proceed in the wake of the latest allegations of impropriety on the part of Mr. Barry.  We did not discuss the possibility of censure or other sanctions at this time, not because those actions are off-the-table but because the time for that discussion will occur after we are able to review the results of Mr. Bennett’s investigation.  I do think, however, that enough information is known today to conclude that Mr. Barry owes the residents and taxpayers of the District of Columbia a public apology.  His refusal to do so continues a longstanding pattern of Councilmember Barry refusing to take personal responsibility for his actions.

I left today’s press conference because to have stayed may have given the false impression that Councilmembers, including myself, are rallying to Mr. Barry’s side or condoning his actions. This is not the case.”

This is the strongest statement so far from a D.C. Councilmember concerning their colleague.